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Reichstag Building, Berlin

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The country's center of political power, Reichstag Building houses the German Parliament. This grand building, designed by architect Paul Wallot in 1894, was renovated and reopened in 1999. Its glass dome, designed by architect Norman Foster, offers panoramic views of the city and is accessible by elevator. You'll almost always encounter a long line waiting for the elevator, especially on sunny days, so plan lots of extra time when visiting this site. Once on top, enjoy 360-degree views and listen to a free audio guide about the building and the surrounding city sites. You can visit the dome and get guided tours of the building only with confirmed reservations secured well in advance. Check the website for details on registering online or in person. Arrange your visit to Reichstag Building and discover more family-friendly attractions in Berlin using our Berlin trip itinerary maker.
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  • August 18, 2017
    It is a site of Berlin that should not go without seeing it. The dome is spectacular and the views from there are worth. It is also free. That if it is advisible to reserve before the Web
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  • August 18, 2017
    Design and architecture wise, a great construction. If you're in Berlin, find the time to visit this magnificent building and enjoy the view from the fantastic glass dome.  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    Fantastic and free. Not much to add over other reviews but book online before you go. Take you pass port and arrive about 15 to 30 mins before your time slot to get through security.  more »
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  • The renovation done by Norman Foster is exceptional. If you want to visit the dome, from where you can enjoy a beautiful panorama of the city, I'm advising you to book the hours around the sunset. The view from the top is great. There is some queue sometimes at the office for the reservation, so keep in mind 30 min of waiting most of the times.
  • The place is absolutely fantastic. Myself and a group of friends took a short trip to berlin and this was top of the list of places to visit. The views from the dome are brilliant too. Even included is an audio guide to tell you all about the different sights you can see from the dome as you walk up around the dome. If you are wanting some great sights/pictures. I really advise taking a trip here. And you know, bonus if your into politics too.
  • Came across a chance to go up to the dome in the Reichstag building for free of charge. We had to book ourselves into a time slot and had to go through security before we entered... the view from the dome is amazing! On a clear day, you can see all around Berlin. It was very informative too (i.e. how the bulling was built etc...)
  • Wouldn't it be nice if you could walk up, get tickets, and go in? Nope! Maybe you can get tickets for later in the day from the trailer across the street, but you definitely have to order in advance online or make a special trip. And you can't miss the Reichstag: it's beautiful and interesting and maybe a little creepy that the free audio guide knows exactly where you are.
  • The dome is definitely worth a visit. You need to book in advance for a visit to the Reichstag Dome. As the website wasn't allowing me to do it I found it you can book in an office near the Reichstag as long as you have photo ID like a passport or drivers licence - when I tried slots were limited the next days although there were still plenty 2 days later. The dome itself is definitely worth a visit, it gives great views of the city, includes an audio commentary as you walk up it and has a small exhibition near the base.

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